About the Author


Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld

Dovid Rosenfeld, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, works both as a programmer for aish.com and as a responder for its Ask the Rabbi service. He also serves as a volunteer writer for Torah.org. He lives with his wife and family in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

ring of fate cover Rabbi Rosenfeld's son Zvi recently published his first book, The Ring of Fate, a riveting, fast-paced fantasy novel which is also completely kosher in both language and subject matter. It is available as both book and ebook. It is sold by Booklocker.com, as well as by Amazon.com and all the major on-line sellers.


Happiness and Adar

The greatest joy in life is knowing God is always there.

The Lying Spirit Which Deceived Ahab

I Kings 22 records a very strange incident. Ahab wanted to go to battle in Ramot Gilad and all his...

Duration of Slavery in Egypt

How long did the actual slavery of Egypt last? When the Children of Israel first descended to...

Should We Hate the Wicked?

Although I am not Jewish, I have a lot of regard for Judaism. I would like a rabbi’s perspective...

Washing and Using Bathroom in Morning

I have a question about washing in the morning. I’m becoming more observant lately and I’m...

Reasons for Washing in the Morning

What are the reasons for the entire procedure of washing three times with a cup in the morning? Is...

The Returning Exiles to Israel

Since there are many million more Jews in the world, how will there be room for them when the...

Reading Another’s Mail or Email, Parents

Is it stealing to read another person’s emails if you’re concerned they are doing something wrong...

Judicial Process, Rights of the Accused

With regards to the Sanhedrin of old, what rights did the accused have and what due process was...

Tzara’at versus Leprosy

Do we know the identity of the disease of tzara’at in the Torah (Leviticus 13-14)? Is it the...

Mushrooms: Kosher Status, Blessing

Mushrooms are fungi. They are not the seed-bearing plants the Torah allows man to eat. If so, how...

Kid in Mother’s Milk not Taken Literally

The Torah states a clear law, “You shall not cook a kid in its mother’s milk.” How in the world...

The Fascinating Numbers of Hanukkah

Hanukkah: it’s all in the numbers.

Thanksgiving and Praying for the World’s Welfare

There is a beauty to the world when we all work together.

Seudat Hoda’ah – Meal of Thanks

I survived a very serious accident with almost no injury. I probably would not have survived at...

Where is the Ark of the Covenant Today?

Does anyone know where the Ark of the Covenant is today? Was it taken by the Romans when the...

Is the Talmud the Word of God?

I believe that the Tanakh is the word of God, but I don’t know if this is true of the Talmud....

Checking Eggs for Blood Spots

What is the issue with checking eggs for blood spots? If I buy a package of eggs which is...

Where Was Salem?

Do we know anything about the city of Salem – where Abraham came to after his battle against the...

Praying Audibly

I feel closest to God when I talk to Him in my mind, without saying words. Is that an okay way to...

What Happened to Abraham’s Converts?

I’ve always wondered what happened to the many people Abraham and Sarah taught about God? I...

Long Lifespans and Late Childbearing in Genesis

Genesis 5 lists the generations from Adam till Noah, and not only did the people live much longer,...

Kabbalah Versus Magic

If the Torah forbids witchcraft and magic, how come there were great Kabbalists who would change...

Niddah – Monthly Loss of Life

I was learning with a friend, and we were bothered why God created women in such a way that every...

Appearance of Names in the Torah

I’m trying to find a consistent pattern in the Torah regarding the identification of people....

Sukkah from Pergola

We have a pergola next to our house. Can I convert it into a Sukkah? What do I need to know? One...

Bar Mitzvah Speech

I have to speak at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah in a few weeks. Can you give me some suggestions what I...

Adding Personal Requests to Daily Prayers

I understand there are places in the Amidah where one can insert personal prayers – apart from the...

New Fruit on Second Night of Rosh Hashanah

When do we eat a new fruit on Rosh Hashanah – on the first night, the second night, or both? Is...

Desiring Sin

I have a general question about spiritual growth. We all have desires for forbidden acts. Should...

Recommended Tehillim (Psalms) Lists

I have several frustrating issues going on in life today, as well as a relative who is really not...

Aufruf Before Wedding

What is the basis for celebrating an aufruf, and what does the word mean?

World War One Beginning on Tisha B’Av

I have heard that one of the tragedies which occurred on Tisha B’Av is that World War One began on...

Why Didn’t Joseph Contact His Family?

I was thinking about the story of Joseph in the Torah, and a thought came to me. Why didn't Joseph...

The Torah’s “Rediscovery” in Josiah’s Time

I have heard the claim that we believe the Torah is true because millions witnessed the Revelation...

Seventieth Birthday, Significance of 70

I am about to celebrate my 70th birthday God willing. Does Jewish law prescribe any practices or...

Mars Colonization

I know this is a hypothetical question, but let’s say living conditions become too difficult on...

The Cherubim Versus Idols

What exactly were the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant? It seems strange to me that they were...

Asking Forgiveness from the Deceased

In my past I wronged someone who is unfortunately no longer alive today. Is there any way I can...

Book of Enoch (Sefer Chanoch)

What is the Book of Enoch? It seems to contain fascinating content and I’m wondering if you...

Is There an Obligation to be Happy?

Please explain how God can command us to be happy? Let’s say a person is not happy? What should he...

Psalm 110 – Two Lords

Please explain what this verse means: “The Lord said unto my Lord, "Sit Thou at My right hand,...

The Borders of Israel Promised to Abraham

What exactly is the extent of the land promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21? It doesn’t seem to...

Ashkenazi versus Sephardic Jews

Can you explain to me something about the difference between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewry? What...

Uncleanness and Pure Blood After Childbirth

I was studying Leviticus 12 and came across the notion of a woman’s impurity after childbirth....

What Happened to Dinah After Her Abduction?

What happened to Dinah after she was taken by Shechem? Does the Torah ever tell us anything about...

Round Versus Square Matzah

What is the difference between the round and square matzot? When I grew up, our family always took...

Washing for Pizza

I’ve heard many different things about the status of pizza. It seems to me the equivalent of bread...

What Happens Right After We Die?

I am very curious to know what happens to the soul after a person dies. Does it remain with the...

The Purpose of the Mishkan (Tabernacle)

I’ve heard that the Mishkan (Tabernacle) served as an atonement for the Sin of the Golden Calf....

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